24/7 Legal Support w/ Videoconferencing Available.

Call 24/7 (814) 480-0575

Erie Defense Lawyers

With Proven Results

Erie Criminal Defense Lawyers

When working with Sebald, Hackwelder & Knox, you always come first. Our practice and experience makes us aggressive criminal defense and DUI lawyers, but we also practice in other areas including family lawelder lawreal estate law and personal injury law in Erie, PA and Meadville, PA. Our defense lawyers bring extensive jury trial experience to our practice. Whether you’re facing felony charges in Erie County, dealing with a work injury case in Crawford County or need help with real estate transactions in Warren County, we are here for you.

Best Criminal Lawyers In Erie, PA

If you have been charged with a crime, don’t settle for a court-appointed attorney. You deserve aggressive representation from a trusted criminal defense attorney in Erie County. You can minimize or remove your criminal charges by working with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal attorney at Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox

Why Choose Us As Your Criminal Defense Attorneys?

Sebald, Hackwelder & Knox - Banner Image (cropped)

We understand this point of your life can be tense, confusing, and frustrating. The best thing you can do after an arrest is immediately set up a free case consultation with our criminal defense attorneys. We have extensive experience in defending clients in court who have been charged with a crime in Erie, PA.  When working with us, you can rest assured knowing that your criminal case is in good hands – no matter what criminal offense charges you are facing.

Featured Practice Areas


DUI Defense

Impairment charges including: No Refusal, Intoxication Assault, Intoxicated Manslaughter.


Family Law

Family law cases involving adoption, custody, divorce, guardianship, child support and more.


Estate Planning

Take the necessary steps to evaluate and complete your estate plan.


Criminal Defense

Defending individuals against prosecutions for criminal and regulatory offenses.


Personal Injury

If you or a loved one has been injured from an accident causing serious injuries or death.


Real Estate

Real estate matters can involve big decisions and even bigger investments.

Client Reviews

Kaitlin M
Kaitlin M
Steve and his team are top notch. They helped me navigate my situation with confidence. I always felt like I knew what to expect and I would have had a much different outcome without their experience and expertise. Highly recommend.
rachel majersky
rachel majersky
We hired Doug Sullivan as our attorney in our custody case. We couldn’t be happier with our decision. He was very efficient and helped with any of our questions. He works with and for you! Can’t thank him enough!
After receiving a license suspension letter in the mail I was researching for a lawyer to present my case and help me fight for my rights that were about to be taken away. This would not only effect my life but that of my family, my job, and the people who depend on me. Doug Sullivan genuinely listened and cared and proved why he is the ONLY ONE who would agree to take my case of the MANY other lawyers refusing. I spoke with him and explained the events leading to this and he was immediately willing to take my case after we spoke. He IS the best person & lawyer! He was understanding, kind, knowledgeable, committed and dependable and he addressed all my questions and concerns, including being honest and upfront of the possible outcomes even if it wasn’t easy to hear. I am so RELIEVED and PROUD to say, he was my advocate in the courtroom and I was able to be heard and it would of not been possible if I attempted to take it on my own. I had the best possible outcome because of his experience and expertise. Doug, I don’t even have words of the gratitude and I’m so thankful to you! I can now move forward and put this all behind me and that is because of you. If anyone is looking for an advocate to defend your rights and justice, Doug is it! I would highly recommend! THANK YOU! -Marissa
Michael Laskey
Michael Laskey
Sebald is the best attorney I've ever hired! Great work and they care. Wish I would've known them years ago. Wouldn't go to anyone else ever if I need a criminal defense lawyer or DUI lawyer again, him and his office treated me like a human and not another number. Great job and thank you! Definitely worth the money! Definitely 10 out of 10! Thank you again!
vanessa moon-Asher
vanessa moon-Asher
Attorney DOUG SULLIVAN is the most kind and intelligent man.He made sure that we understood everything and was in contact with us by phone or email on all new updates Mr. Sullivan visited my son in jail to review the case and talk about all his concerns.I highly recommend if you ever need an Attorney. Mr.Doug SULLIVAN is the Attorney that you need.Thank you so much for all you did for us. i'm so Thankful and very greatful you took my sons case and we had the pleasure of getting to know you. Thank You once again for all your help. V.Asher Attorney Sullivan has handled my parental rights case with the utmost professionalism and priority, I highly recommend him for any legal counsel, his knowledge and advice within the practice of family law Is A valuable asset to your case. Mr. Sullivan has gone above and beyond any expectations that I would have regarding legal counsel . Mr. Sullivan I greatly appreciate your help. Thank you so much , JPR
This morning I was exhausted and terrified about my court sentence and tonight, I am relieved and much lighter thanks to Eric Hackwelder. He was able to get me the best outcome to a bad situation and I am eternally grateful. He is so kind, hardworking and just seems to genuinely care. I saw him help several others along with myself today. He did his best to keep me calm and always explained things to me. THANK YOU!!! I highly recommend him to anyone in need of counsel.
james hoffman
james hoffman
I would highly recommend this law firm, their attorneys are very knowledgeable and also reasonably priced. I will definitely be in touch with them for any other hearings I would need them for. I was represented by Justin smith for a costody trial he knew what he was doing he’s definitely earned where he’s at.
Matt Black
Matt Black
I was so pleased with the representation I had from Eric Hackwelder. He was professional, committed to my case and was available for me anytime I needed to discuss certain elements of my case. Eric provided me with great advice, fought for me through the end and addressed every detail necessary to win my case. If you want to hire an exceptional attorney who goes above and beyond for you to win your case, Eric is the msn to call. The entire firm was behind me, were there for me and supported me through the process. Truly, an exceptional and trusted law firm that gets the results you want.